Jonathan Benko (He/him)

Accepting Clients

Neuro-affirming narrative therapist with a subspecialty in ERP for OCD. I focus on what matters most to you and always seek your feedback.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Cruz, CA

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Contact
  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Adolescent/Teen

About My Clients

I want to understand the nuances of your story. Maybe something is not quite right, or it’s all gone wrong. Maybe you have doubts about seeking help, or last time you tried therapy it didn’t help. You are thinking about change now though, and I want to know why. What is important to you? Where do you see yourself when our work is done? I’d be honored to talk with you a few times as you continue trying new things and moving toward where you want to be.

My Background and Approach

I hope our conversations will give you an increased sense of what might be possible. I am collaborative and focused in my work. I stay with what seems most important to you. I am flexible in my approach, but I stay very focused on your growth, healing, and identified goals. I am very interested in your feedback and rely on it to inform everything we do. I am trained in Narrative Therapy, and I have 5 years experience training other clinicians in it. I am also trained in Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD, panic, and health anxiety, though I offer a modified approach to ERP that is less rigid/narrowly focused. I have training and experience in working with trauma, neurodivergent experience, anxiety, depression, bipolar, and people experiencing the negative effects of institutions (foster care, criminal justice or public school systems). I am passionate about providing support to therapists and other service providers experiencing burnout or disconnection from purpose.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am suspicious of ideas that are taken for granted. Healing is a fairly magical process: whatever helps, helps. Therapy is collaborative and the relationship between therapist and client is very important. No one “needs therapy” — I don’t think that is a helpful way of talking about people. A person can get a lot out of just a handful of sessions with the right therapist fit. In addition to my private practice, I work for a nonprofit health clinic providing accessible and free therapy to the community. Healthcare is a human right. I am a parent. I identify as neurodivergent.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Buddhism
  • Judaism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 8 years of practice
  • Languages: English, Español
  • Rate: $150 - 200/session

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